SFU Zero Waste Initiative

Zero Waste is a philosophy based on preventing waste and keeping resources in circulation.  Ultimately, zero waste is a guiding principle for moving from a one-way, resources-to-waste economy to a closed-loop, cradle-to-cradle economy. Essentially, the concept of waste is eliminated.

Rather, ‘waste’ is seen as a potential resource through redesigning products and packaging, reducing, reusing, and reducing as much as possible, recovering energy from nice waste streams where appropriate and constantly striving to put resources to their highest best use. Practically speaking, zero waste can be expressed as along-term goal to reduce garbage to landfills or incinerators by 90%.

City of Vancouver, 2010; Zero Waste Alliance, 2003


Four-Stream Zero Waste Stations

Stop. Think. Sort!  Learn how to use the four-stream stations below: 

Food Scraps & Compostables

Mixed Paper


Landfill Garbage

Have an idea to share with Zero Waste?  Email us at no_waste@sfu.ca!

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